Tourism is important not only for economic development, but also for fostering brotherhood among different societies, cultures and nations. Above all, tourism is important in building peace through cross-cultural and social harmony. However, peace is also a pre-condition for the development and growth in tourism sector. Growth-led economic development model has caused tremendous pressure on the finite natural resources, leading to alarming rate of environmental deterioration in the world. The unequal access to resources, including natural resources, and the unequal distribution of the fruits of economic development combined with the burden of environmental damages to the level of crisis in some cases have been the underlying causes of many of the conflicts around the world. Thus, peace and environment have intricate relationship and tourism is both an instrument and the fall-out casualty of peace. Further, the changing natural environment, more recently the climate change, has added one more dimension in this complex equation between environment, peace and tourism.
Global Peace Association (GPA) and Himalayan Alliance for Climate Change (HIMCCA) have teamed up with Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction (MoPR), Ministry of Environment (MoEnv), Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoTCA) of Government of Nepal, Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI), Nepal Tourism Year 2011 and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) to organize a “Peace, Environment and Tourism” conference on 20-21 September, 2011 in Pokhara, Nepal. The conference of this type is being organized for the first time in Nepal, and is expected to facilitate direct interaction and exchanges among the whole spectrum of the stakeholders.
The conference aims to bring together the knowledge, experience and the practices in these three seemingly diverse but closely interrelated areas, and to allow researchers, practitioners, policy makers, planners, government agencies, international development agencies, civil society organizations and entrepreneurs to develop common understanding and to come up with appropriate policy measures and methodologies in order to manage these sectors for the benefit to all.
Special features of the Conference